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Brendon joined MinterEllison as a partner in 2000 after nine years as a partner at Dunhill Madden Butler. He has over 30 years experience advising clients on all aspects of insolvency (reconstructions, work-outs and formal appointments), securities enforcement, risk management, banking and finance litigation and general commercial disputes.
Brendon is one of only three lawyers in Australia to be recognised as a global expert in Insolvency and Restructuring in Expert Guides, 'Best of the Best' (2014 & 2016).
He is recognised as a leader in his field in independent publications such as the Legal Who's Who of Australia (nominated by peers in the profession), the AFR's Best Lawyers List for Australia (each edition from 2008 to 2017) (again, nominated by peers in the profession), recognised as a Tier 1 lawyer in the Australian's List of Best Lawyers for 2011 to 2016, Chambers (2008 to 2016 editions), the Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide (2005 to 2016 editions), IFLR1000 Guide (2007 to 2017 editions), Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2010 to 2016) and Doyles Guide (2015 to 2017).
Acting on behalf of the Lendlease Group defending litigation arising out of the insolvent collapse of Prime Trust, defending a claim in excess of $60m.
Acting for the secured creditor (Rabobank) and receivers and managers (Ferrier Hodgson) seeking recovery of an exposure in excess of $120m, including litigation to pursue fraudulent dispositions of property.
Acted for ANZ advising on its bilateral exposure to the Gunns group. Following the appointment of administrators, we acted for McGrath Nicol as receivers and managers of two related property trusts. The trusts leased land to the Gunns Group, which had been used for MIS purposes.
Acted for Westpac in relation to the collapse of the accounting firm BDO in New South Wales and Victoria, including its subsequent merger with Grant Thornton.
Acted for the secured creditor (CBA) and the receivers and managers (Korda Mentha) of the Environinvest Group, including as responsible entity for a number of managed investment schemes.
Acting for the receivers and managers (PPB) of the assets and shares in Burrup Fertilisers Pty Ltd, and certain shares held in the parent entity Burrup Holdings Limited. The secured creditor's exposure to the broader Oswal Group of Companies exceeded A$900 million.
Acted for a syndicate of banks and the receivers and managers (McGrathNicol) of the Great Southern Group. We advised on all aspects of the receivership, including a restructuring of the MIS schemes, and a sale of approximately 269,000 hectares of land in the largest private forestry sale by area in Australia.
Acted as the primary advisors for ANZ in the collapse of Opes Prime Stockbroking, with approximately 1,200 clients and debts to ANZ of over A$700 million, including acting on two class actions.
Acted for the receivers and managers (PWC) of Centaur Mining, including in the sale of Centaur's prime nickel mine. The company had secured debts exceeding $650 million.
Acted for the Elders Group in debt restructure negotiations with a syndicate of banks (and consequentially, in the sale of its agricultural services business and managing a staged exit of their forestry business).
Acted for the non-executive directors of Harris Scarfe in an insolvent trading claim in which the liquidators claimed an amount in excess of $140 million from each director.
Acted on behalf of ANZ in the Lehman’s bankruptcy, advising on a close-out dispute under an ISDA contract.
Acted for ANZ in the collapse of the Pasminco Group of Companies. The group was successfully restructured leading to the IPO of Zinifex in April 2004.
Acted for the liquidators of eight of the mezzanine finance companies within the Westpoint Group. Debts exceed $320million.
Acted for ANZ in the collapse of Primebroker Securities, including providing advice on the operation of securities lending agreements, assisting in standstill negotiations, and subsequently, the appointment of receivers and managers.
Acted for US noteholders on their exposure to Western Metals, and subsequently, for the receivers and managers (PricewaterhouseCoopers) of the Western Metals group. Western Metals was then the fourth largest mining company in Australia. Secured debts exceeded $390 million.